LaunchBayC Student Accelerator
June 2 – August 15, 2014
Supported by the Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation, the LaunchBayC accelerator nurtures competitively selected students working on fledgling pre-seed funding startups, including university-related spinoffs related to faculty research, prior to sufficiently proving themselves to attract Ben Franklin and angel or venture capital investment. Modeled in part on the highly selective TechStars and Y-Combinator, it emphasizes networking and mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs. The Mountaintop location provides easy access to the experience, programming, and infrastructure of BenFranklin TechVentures, one of the nation’s leading professional tech incubators, and its community of over 40 startup companies.
The accelerator is one of 19 projects taking place in summer 2014 as part of Lehigh University’s Mountaintop Project, an integrated learning environment within the former Bethlehem Steel research facilities located on the university’s Mountaintop Campus.
Other Mountaintop entrepreneurship projects include:
- Undergraduate student Shannon Varcoe ’15 and her Klinx product line – wooden toys developed for children with ADHD – advised by entrepreneurship professor Joshua Ehrig.
- Undergraduate students Colleen Parry ’15, Elena Ramirez ’15, and Jeff Peisner ’15, advised by Technical Entrepreneurship professor Marc de Vinck, Baker Institute senior director Lisa Getzler-Linn, ECE professor Bill Best, and mechanical engineering professor Christina Haden, developing personalized 3D-printed limb prosthetics for children in collaboration with Lehigh’s CREATE club and Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital.
Learn more about:
- The LaunchBayC Student Accelerator: http://baker.sites.lehigh.edu/
- This summer’s projects: http://www.lehigh.edu/
- The Mountaintop Project: http://www.lehigh.edu/
For more information: (610) 758-5626, firstname.lastname@example.org